Mindfulness as A Way of Being


Most people spend a majority of their life distracted from or unaware of their true nature. They swing from past to present believing the fantasies and nightmares that an untrained Mind is prone to. Every single person is capable of fully awakening to the balanced and sacred present moment. Renewal Lodge imbues programming with activities, training, and skill development that allows the client to discover the awesome power of consciousness and clear awareness.


What does it mean to live with Intention? Addiction and emotional disorders rob us of a life of purpose and true intention by hijacking our mind and forcing us to live in a primitive, egocentric mode. Our staff and curriculum have created protocols to assist the client in cultivating the most noble of virtues with purpose and goodwill. To live with intention is to carry out actions that bring about fulfillment through meaningful purpose in our lives and, especially, in the lives of everyone around us.

Unconditional Acceptance

One of the most important elements of a Mindfulness practice is the complete acceptance of our reality. This way of relating to our thoughts and emotions as well as that of others is also called Non-judgmental. How often do we spend our lives hanging on to pleasurable events and desperately pushing uncomfortable ones away while basing happiness on this push/pull mechanism? Unconditional acceptance of our thoughts and emotions creates a gentle embrace of the Present moment, cutting off the roots of unnecessary stress, and paving the way for a more peaceful and tranquil relationship to the Mind.

12 Step Approach

The 12 Steps, created in 1938 and written by Bill Wilson, a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, quickly became a prominent and promising treatment for what seemed a hopeless disease. Renewal Lodge is dedicated to creating a rich, immersive 12 step experience for every single person that steps on our grounds. The time-honored, road-tested spiritual principles of the 12 steps are the other cornerstone of our treatment center. Rigorous application of the 12 steps involves honesty, self-examination, discipline, and service to others.
The principles set forth by the 12 steps are much more than merely staying clean; they are truly a design for living. The steps shift a person’s focus from self-centered motives to a genuine concern for others. By fostering the conditions for a personality change or spiritual awakening, millions of people in over 150 countries live a happy, joyous, and free existence. These men and women have recovered from addiction, and we strive to help your loved one walk this same path.

Two Paths, One Road: Integration of Mindfulness and The Twelve Steps

Renewal Lodge prides itself in converging the two Great paths of Mindfulness and the 12 steps to forge a fuller and more vibrant transformative Recovery Experience. Many treatment centers in the current field stand on either one of these shores and some may even venture into utilizing both. However, Renewal Lodge meticulously created a relationship between the two, for we wholeheartedly understand that a vital recovery experience must be holistic, comprehensive, and flexible, meeting an individual where they are. Not only can these two traditions co-exist, but they can energize and amplify the healing and freedom that every addicted person deserves to have.

What Makes Us Different

What sets Renewal Lodge apart from other treatment programs is an integrated treatment approach combining evidenced-based mindfulness and 12 step modalities. Both practices are implemented into Renewal Lodge programming to allow clients the opportunity to explore and develop highly effective actions supportive of quality, long-term recovery.

Unlike other 12 step programs, Renewal Lodge weaves mindfulness into the classic 12 step model of care. While working through each of the 12 steps through the Alcoholics Anonymous text, clients will also explore how mindfulness can be practiced alongside each of the 12 steps. We believe that the relationship between Mindfulness and the 12 steps, when used effectively, provides individuals with a better skill set in treating addiction and sustaining quality, long-term recovery following treatment. Clients who have been resistant to working the 12 steps in past treatment episodes may greatly benefit from a mindfulness-based approach.

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